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Disney Releases Theme Park Hours For Phased Reopening After Hurricane

Over the past few days, Hurricane Ian has been wreaking havoc across the state of Florida. There has been flash flooding, 1oo mile an hour winds, and a fair amount of damage. Before the hurricane hit Central Florida, Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Orlando Resort announced that they would all be closed on September 28 and September 29, with scheduled reopenings on September 30.

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Early in the afternoon of September 29, Disney shared that Walt Disney World Resort would be having a phased reopening on September 30, weather permitting. We now know what that phased reopening will be. Theme park reporter Scott Gustin shared Disney World’s reopening schedule.

NEW: Walt Disney World has released theme park hours for Friday, Sept. 30.

Theme park reservations are required – and early entry for resort guests is extended in the AM. MNSSHP still scheduled.

Here are the details β€” note the times for early entry and β€œall guests.”

According to Gustin, the Magic Kingdom will allow Guests with Early Theme Park Entry to enter at 8 a.m. and all other Guests may enter at 10 a.m. At EPCOT, early entry will begin at 11 a.m. Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open early at 10 a.m., with all other Guests able to enter at noon. Finally, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park will have early entry at 11 a.m., with all other Guests being allowed into the theme park at 1 p.m.

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It should be noted that the Magic Kingdom will close to regular Guests at 6 p.m. and the scheduled Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will take place.

Walt Disney World transportation — including the monorail, buses, and Disney Skyliner — will have normal operating hours, as long as the weather permits. Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane will also operate as normal during Park Hours.

At this time, the following locations will remain closed on Friday:

  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach (was closed prior to the hurricane)
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
  • Winder Summerland Miniature Golf
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Disney has not announced when the closed Resorts and areas of the Resort will reopen and resume normal operating hours. Disney has also not shared if all theme park rides and attractions will be up and operational when the Parks reopen.

For the most up-to-date information on the rides and attractions in each Disney Park, be sure to consult the My Disney Experience app.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!